What are you doing to elevate your game? Today’s facilities management professional is a different breed than the individual of 10 years ago.
The days are quickly disappearing when facilities departments are primarily call centers for maintenance work orders from the stores. While that’s still an important role, multi-site FM departments of today are expected to be much more. They are asset managers, financial analysts, vendor partners and business unit owners.
This current breed of FMs is expected to have a different set of skills than in the past. Continuing education is not optional, it’s a necessity. Formal education, professional development conferences, skills training, and peer-to-peer education are essential to ensure you are at the top of your game. No matter what stage an FM professional is at in their career – early, mid, or late – you should always be learning and evolving your personal skillset.
This year’s Mid-Year Conference, September 9-11, is focused on elevating your game both personally and as a FM Team. Take a close look at the program and I’m confident you’ll find a new learning opportunity whether it’s at a session, or talking with your peers or from the industry suppliers who are attending.
If you can’t join us in Scottsdale, AZ for the conference, make time for a reality check with yourself. What have you done for yourself to brush up your skills lately? Managing our time is a challenge for all of us, but it’s a necessity these days to make time for your professional development. Stop and smell the (proverbial) roses as the saying goes.
Within the PRSM office, we’re designated “Quiet Time” for one afternoon each month to learn something new, listen to a TedTalk, or set aside reading time for industry publications. It takes personal discipline to implement. But, we want to prove to ourselves that we’re building our worth and knowledge to make PRSM a better organization. I suggest you try it; you may like it.